TWO SREBRENICA GENOCIDE SUSPECTS IN BOSNIAN CUSTODY
In Custody: Vaso Todorovic (40) and Zoran Tomic (37).
PHOTO: The Court of Bosnia-Herzegovina. The Courtroom 6, back view (1st photo, up) and and front view (2nd photo, down).
Indictment in the Vaso Todorović case confirmed
On 3 June 2008, the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) confirmed the Indictment against Vaso Todorović. Vaso Todorović is charged with the criminal offense of Genocide.As alleged in the Indictment, there is grounded suspicion that the accused Vaso Todorović as a member of the Special Police of the 2nd Šekovići Detachment during the period from 10 July to 19 July 1995, with an intention to partially exterminate a group of Bosniak people, participated in a joint criminal enterprise aimed at forcible relocation of around 40 thousand civilians from the UN Protection Zone Srebrenica.
According to the Indictment, on 12 July 1995 the accused Todorović participated in the search of Bosniak villages around Potočari aiming to expel and force them to move to the territories controlled by the Army of RBiH. On 13 July 1995, as furtheralleged in the Indictment, the accused Todorović participated in capturing several thousand of Bosniak men who tried to escape from the UN Protection Zone and also participated in escorting a column of several hundred of captured Bosniaks from the village of Sandići to the warehouse of the Farming Cooperative in Kravica.
Having incarcerated the Bosniaks in the warehouse, members of the 2nd Detachment were killing them by firing from automatic weapons and throwing bombs. On that day the accused Todorović was on guard so that no detainees under attack would escape. [Source]
Zoran Tomić ordered into custodyOn 3 June 2008, the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) issued a decision ordering suspect Zoran Tomić into one-month custody. Pursuant to the Decision, custody may last until 2 July 2008. Zoran Tomić is suspected of the criminal offense of Genocide.Based on evidence submitted with the motion to order custody, the Court concluded that there is grounded suspicion that the suspect Tomić, on 12 and 13 July 1995, as a member of the Special Police of the 2nd Šekovići Detachment, together with other members of the aforementioned Unit, participated in the capturing and killing of Bosniaks. The suspect Tomić, together with other members of the 2nd Detachment, with the intention to exterminate a group of Bosniaks, fired on them from his automatic rifle, while other members of the 2nd Detachment also shot from firearms and threw bombs at the captured civilians.Having reviewed the evidence submitted, the Court concluded that there was grounded suspicion that the suspect had committed the criminal offence in question. Further, the Court ordered custody having found the circumstances indicating the risk of flight on the part of the Suspect. In addition, the Court ordered custody considering that the Suspect, if released, might hinder the criminal proceedings by influencing witnesses and possible accomplices.
The Court specifically underlines the existence of reasonable fear that the Suspect might destroy or conceal pieces of documentary evidence or traces of the crime, particularly in view of the fact that mass graves where the bodies of the murdered persons were buried, have still not been located.
Mindful of the above, as well as the fact that the Suspect knows where the bodies were hidden, the Court concludes that there is reasonable fear that the accused, if at liberty, might make the locating of the aforementioned mass graves more difficult for the purpose of his own defense.Given the severity of the crime in question and its grave consequences in relation to the victims and their families, ordering Suspect Tomić into custody was necessary also for the reasons of public safety. [Source]